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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015: Scholars on Fire: Christine Yao

[As we near the dog days of summer, a series on a handful of AmericanStudies scholars bringing the fire through their work and voices. I’d love to hear in comments about scholars whose work lights a fire under you!]
Three exemplary scholarly projects from a Cornell graduate student who’s poised to take the next step.
1)      Her published articles: Christine’s two articles reflect two distinct but complementary sides to her scholarly interests and work. “Visualizing Race Science in Benito Cereno” models her unique connections of 19th century science, race theory, and literary practice, using Melville’s complex story as a case study. “Gothic Monstrosity: Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly and the Trope of Bestial Indian” rethinks the genre of the gothic through those ongoing interests and concepts, and recovers a vital role for Brockden Brown’s early American novel in the process.
2)      Her HASTAC blog: I’m not sure why I haven’t written about the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) previously in this space—but I’m making amends for that oversight today! HASTAC’s website is a model scholarly and public community and conversation, and that includes the numerous unique and engaging blogs it hosts. At Christine’s HASTAC blog, she has written compellingly about Google and Sui Sin Far, indie video game developers and social justice movements, and many other 21st century, public scholarly topics and questions.
3)      Her dissertation: I’ll let the description of this ground-breaking project on Christine’s Cornell webpage speak for itself: “Her dissertation Feeling Subjects: Science and Law in Nineteenth-Century America challenges the conventional opposition between affect and the purportedly dispassionate disciplines of American science and law. Through analyzing writing from the American Renaissance alongside literature by African American and Asian American writers, the project explores the roles of feeling and unfeeling in navigating the tension between the twin discourses of science and law as both tools of oppression and resistance.” Can’t wait to read it!
Next scholar tomorrow,
PS. Scholars you’d share?

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